In the Know: SMPH Updates for July 1, 2020

  • Today marks the start of Research Reboot Phase 2, which expands on-site research activities while minimizing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The SMPH Office of Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies has provided information to aid researchers in our school.
  • The UW-Madison Information Technology Committee invites the campus community to fill out a brief survey focused on your use of, and level of satisfaction with, the university’s currently available suite of video conferencing tools. Whether your experiences have been positive, negative, or mixed, please provide your feedback to aid future planning.
  • As we head into the Independence Day weekend, please stay safe and take care of others by following public health and safety measures. As members of SMPH, our behavior serves as a role model during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, Dr. Ajay Sethi of Population Health Sciences described the importance of mask wearing in a new Badger Talks video.
  • The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement will host a virtual discussion titled “Committed to Change: A Call to Action, Understanding How Racism Shows Up and Impacts Students and Alumni Engagement on July 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Three panels will share the long-term history and roots of racism, especially in the Midwest. Panelists will delve into how racism shows up on predominantly white campuses and recommend ways to approach students and alumni impacted by racism. Register
  •  Participate in a study conducted by Department of Psychiatry researchers: To learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on Wisconsin youth and families, the Building Resilience to Adversity & Violent Experiences (BRAVE) Research Center has launched a remote study targeting parents or caregivers of school-aged children. Researchers aim to learn more about the how the effect of the coronavirus may shift over time.


  • Please send kudos about your colleagues. Honor someone at and we’ll share the stories. Visit this page to see a collection of shout-outs to date. Stay tuned for more!

“My first week at SMPH, it was tremendously impactful to experience the Town Hall on Anti-Racism: Taking Action in SMPH (June 22). In particular, I am grateful (once again, because Dr. Byars-Winston is tireless in her work!) to Angela Byars-Winston for moderating a panel of White academics talking about their experiences with anti-Black racism at SMPH…The Barbershop Engagement Model presentation on Tuesday, June 23, reminded learners that the premature death rate for African-American men in Dane County is over two times higher than the premature death rate for their male White counterparts. Thank you to SMPH for recognizing and acknowledging that the time for change is now. Dr. Byars-Winston, along with your biggest fans, thank you for being a voice for change and inviting all of us to take action against anti-Black racism every day!”Shannon Casey, Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

“Thanks to the amazing administrative group of Steve Marshall, Sara Bakken, Rachel Filipiak for keeping the infectious diseases community connected and functioning from a distance. The countless hours, dedication, and flexibility is greatly appreciated. I don’t know what we would without them!” – David Andes, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine

Telecommuting tip:

  • For educators: The Discussion Project Virtual is a fee-based online training program beginning July 20 that supports UW–Madison instructors in creating conditions for equitable, inclusive and engaging online discussions. Apply by July 3 for full consideration.

Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Stay up to date on City of Madison parks: The city’s Park Division has a helpful website of current updates on what is closed and what is open in Madison park facilities.